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Cancer

Wales written question – answered on 8th March 2005.

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Photo of Ian Gibson Ian Gibson Labour, Norwich North

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what policies his Department has in place for supporting employees with cancer.

Photo of Don Touhig Don Touhig Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Wales), Department for Constitutional Affairs, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Constitutional Affairs) (also in Wales Office)

The Wales Office has policies for providing support for its employees with ill health including cancer, as follows:

Managing attendance policy for managers to provide support in long term sickness cases and keeping in touch policy;

Special leave to cover doctors and hospital appointments;

Making adjustments to working hours, duties and practice;

Rehabilitation leave;

Sick Pay Entitlement of six months full pay and six months half pay;

Involvement of Occupational Health providers for advice and support;

Support for applications to BMI for ill health retirement and access to payments under the Civil Service Compensation Scheme (where appropriate);

Welfare services;

Network for Carers;

Health and Safety policy.

The Wales Office is provided with pay, ration and personnel services by the Department for Constitutional Affairs and support for these policies is given by that department.

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